I thought it’d be fun to design a few basic living rooms with budget in mind. All of the items that I found for this post are available online and can ship to anywhere in the continental U.S. I also designed these specifically for people with children, which is why I chose faux leather for the sofas (wipeable) and darker area rugs. I once read that any rugs that are touched by little feet should be dirt-colored, and I took that advice rather seriously! In each design, I also tried to include an area to store a few toys. I know many families have a toy room or basement for the majority of the kid clutter, but I love the idea of keeping a few small, quiet-time toys in the adult area for the family to use together! Additionally, many of the pieces in each of the designs could be used for ANY of the spaces, like the giant sectional in design #2 or the metal storage container in design #3! It’s all rather “mix-and-match” friendly.
This room features TWO navy sofas ($430 each), a large 10’x13′ rug ($501), a pewter-colored storage ottoman (The top can flip over so it has a hard space for drinks or board games, and it’d look gorgeous in this room in the burnt red or brown color that it also comes in.-$175), a small metal side table ($20), and an industrial floor lamp ($55). TOTAL COST: $1611
This design includes a large Chesterfield sectional with matching ottoman in tan leather ($1430), a stunning 9’x12′ rug ($230), a metal side table ($20), and a modern cabinet that could be a media stand or just hold toys, books, or games ($212). TOTAL COST: $1892
This Bohemian design has a little more color and shine than my other two designs. It includes a modern black sectional (ignore the pillows in the picture- $640), a colorful 8’x10′ rug that is just a bit muted so it doesn’t look too juvenile ($164), TWO fun, plush swivel chairs (I guarantee the kids will fight to sit in these!-$157 each) with a C-table between them (These are fabulous to pull up to the sofa and eat over OR to use as a small side table.- $33), and a metal storage coffee table ($199). TOTAL COST: $1350
A WORD ON ACCESSORIES: I love to find accessories to finish a space over time. Sometimes, I think buying everything for a room at the same time makes it feel too “big box store,” as opposed to “collected.” I enjoy decorating with books that I actually enjoy reading, as well as items with some significance.
For art, I enjoy using family pictures in an artistic way. For example, you could enlarge and print off a few black and white images of your family. Staples offers engineer prints at a ridiculously low cost ($1.90-$14). You could hang a few of these family images with these unique canvas hangers ($14-$23) for personalized, inexpensive art.
For curtains, I ALWAYS, ALWAYS buy these ones from IKEA ($9.99). They’re long, crisp, and inexpensive. I hang them wide and high OUTSIDE of the window, and I always hang them all the way to the ground.
For throw pillows, I often prefer leather couches without any throw pillows at all, but I know many people enjoy cozying up with a pillow. IKEA has a ton of inexpensive velvety cushion covers ($6), and I’m also quite keen on these white fur cushion covers ($18 for 2). I actually own the fur covers, and they wash really well!
I hope you enjoyed this budget feature! I plan on doing a few more of these, as they are a blast to put together.